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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) - PgDip full-time

Why choose this course?

Here we will give you a challenging academic environment that is focused on bringing out the best in you.

  • Develop into a professional fit for practice and fit for purpose on this established programme with an excellent reputation among external stakeholders and collaborative partners
  • Boost your professional standing on the first health-visiting programme in the UK to be accredited by UNICEF as ‘baby friendly’
  • Gain experience of the Solihull Approach parenting training as part of the course
  • Benefit from working with lecturers who have extensive relevant professional and academic experience
  • Be assured by the ‘good’ scores in all categories during the previous two MNC monitoring events

Course overview

The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course is designed to prepare practitioners for the role of health visitor through meeting the professional standards laid down by the NMC for registration on part 3 of the professional register. It is of interest to you if you are a nurse or midwife and wish to further develop your career through working with clients and communities to improve health.

Why choose to study this course at Bolton? The University is one of the best places in the country to study health courses. Health visiting has been within the educational portfolio of the University of Bolton for many decades. This health visiting course is the first in the country to be accredited as Baby Friendly by the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative. This means that students are trained during the programme to support mothers to breast feed effectively.

The University has a long-standing and excellent reputation for producing effective and innovative health visitors and offering quality, supportive learning opportunities in partnership with primary health care trusts.

Quality assurance processes within the University and through external professional bodies, ensure that courses continue to a high standard and are directly relevant to professional practice.

About the course

The learning outcomes of the course are determined by the professional standards of the NMC and take into account the need to be responsive to locally determined health needs and service delivery. There is an emphasis on the importance of leadership through seeking to understand the impact of wider determinants of health on clients and their communities and subsequent health promoting interventions.

The academic team prides itself on providing a supportive environment that is conducive to your learning needs, and is committed to supporting you in the development of your academic and professional knowledge. You will also develop key transferable skills, in order to become a flexible, autonomous and highly-skilled practitioner.

Special features

  • The changing climate of health care delivery demands a programme of learning that is flexible to meet the needs of learners in their specialist area of practice, but also to be able to respond to policy developments and emerging health needs. The programme therefore contains a range of workshops, seminars and directed study in order to meet those demands.
  • The academic team has many years experience of health care work in NHS settings and bring particular expertise in public health, child care law and safeguarding children.
  • The University of Bolton offers all students an excellent and supportive learning environment including small group learning, one-to-one support as well as 24/7 IT access and WiFi across campus.

Course overview

The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course is designed to prepare practitioners for the role of health visitor through meeting the professional standards laid down by the NMC for registration on part 3 of the professional register. It is of interest to you if you are a nurse or midwife and wish to further develop your career through working with clients and communities to improve health.

Why choose to study this course at Bolton? The University is one of the best places in the country to study health courses. Health visiting has been within the educational portfolio of the University of Bolton for many decades. This health visiting course is the first in the country to be accredited as Baby Friendly by the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative. This means that students are trained during the programme to support mothers to breast feed effectively.

The University has a long-standing and excellent reputation for producing effective and innovative health visitors and offering quality, supportive learning opportunities in partnership with primary health care trusts.

Quality assurance processes within the University and through external professional bodies, ensure that courses continue to a high standard and are directly relevant to professional practice.

Professional recognition

The professional qualification will be registered on part 3 of the NMC's professional register.

Course overview

The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course is designed to prepare practitioners for the role of health visitor through meeting the professional standards laid down by the NMC for registration on part 3 of the professional register. It is of interest to you if you are a nurse or midwife and wish to further develop your career through working with clients and communities to improve health.

Why choose to study this course at Bolton? The University is one of the best places in the country to study health courses. Health visiting has been within the educational portfolio of the University of Bolton for many decades. This health visiting course is the first in the country to be accredited as Baby Friendly by the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative. This means that students are trained during the programme to support mothers to breast feed effectively.

The University has a long-standing and excellent reputation for producing effective and innovative health visitors and offering quality, supportive learning opportunities in partnership with primary health care trusts.

Quality assurance processes within the University and through external professional bodies, ensure that courses continue to a high standard and are directly relevant to professional practice.

Careers & professional development

This course provides training for specialist community public health nursing - health visiting. As a successful student, you will have your name registered on the part 3 of the NMC's professional register. This qualification can lead to a wide range of opportunities including professional posts in public health settings, community health settings and child and family services.

Award(s)PgDip
Admissions (MCR) code0261-D (Health Visiting route)
Mode of attendance Full-time
Duration(s) 1 year: (52 weeks). To meet Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) standards you must complete the programme within 156 weeks following initial enrolment on the course.
Start date(s) September
January
Entry requirementsFor entry onto the PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme you must provide evidence of recent professional and academic development. Furthermore, in order to be considered for admission to the PgDip programme, you will: have an active entry on part 1 or part 2 of the NMC's professional register (or have applied for the same); require accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) of at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a relevant subject; and comply with occupational health screening procedures and DBS Enhanced Disclosure clearance to the satisfaction of the health care organisation providing the practice placement and the University. The NMC also requires self-declaration of good health and good character for the programme.

Academic credits (APL) should normally be for recent studies in the areas of nursing and health studies, or the behavioural or social sciences.

NMC standards permit no more than a third of a programme to be credited on the basis of prior learning. Any applications for accreditation of prior learning will be considered prior to admission, on an individual basis, by the APL panel. Claims need to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes in theory and practice as defined by PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing module specifications.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

Applicants will be interviewed as part of the application process.

This course involves regulated activity so all students must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting their studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. (Normally your sponsoring organisation will organise this.)

Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
Location(s) Your time is divided equally between the University of Bolton and your practice setting.

University of Bolton:
Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

What you will learn

Your learning will be built on a combination of campus based study and a programme of supervised learning experience in a practice setting, overseen by a practice teacher. Areas of study within the programme include: specialist practice for community public health nurses; health promotion; working with families and communities; and investigating and challenging evidence based practice.

You will learn a wide range of new skills with supporting knowledge to enable you to practice as a safe and effective specialist community public health nurse. For example, these will include skills of leadership, communication, enquiry, advocacy, critical reflection and analysis.

What you will study

Core modules and specialist modules will enable you to benefit from shared inter-professional learning and also to focus upon your defined area of practice (health visiting).

The modules within the programme are delivered at both Level HE6 and Level HE7. They are:

Principles for Leading Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice including the V100 nurse prescribing qualification;

Critical Evaluation Evidence and Practice;

Leading Health Promotion Practice;

Collaborative Working for Health Improvement;

Safeguarding Children

Assessment methods include presentations, written assignments and examinations and the development of a professional portfolio of learning.

The programme is designed to enable you to complete 50% practice and 50% University-based learning followed by 10 weeks consolidation of practice. Therefore, each of the modules draws on underpinning theory but is also supported by learning in the practice setting. Assessment of your competence in practice is undertaken by your practice teacher. This assessment is done on a formative basis through the programme, with an eventual summative assessment at the end of the second semester.

The nature of public health requires an appreciation of the range of facets to public health work. Consequently, at least three weeks will also be spent in settings considered important for your learning about public health nursing but may not be central to your defined area of practice. These will be facilitated according to your identified learning needs. Practice placements are also audited annually to ensure that you will be exposed to a quality standard of learning in the practice setting.

Careers & professional development

This course provides training for specialist community public health nursing - health visiting. As a successful student, you will have your name registered on the part 3 of the NMC's professional register. This qualification can lead to a wide range of opportunities including professional posts in public health settings, community health settings and child and family services.

On successful completion of the PgDip you will be eligible to progress to the MSc Community Public Health Nursing at the University of Bolton.

You will become a member of the University’s alumni association, with access to the University's library, professional journals, and information and careers services throughout your career.

Professional recognition

The professional qualification will be registered on part 3 of the NMC's professional register.

Fees, funding and finance information

There are no fees to display for this academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

There are no fees to display for the next academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

Contact us

Ruth Heffernan (Programme Leader - Health Visiting)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903226

Web: http://www.bolton.ac.uk

For general information about the University and an application form please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

Web: http://www.bolton.ac.uk

How to Apply

Please visit the University of Bolton's Health Visiting web page (click link below) for details of how to apply.
http://www.bolton.ac.uk/healthvisiting

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